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Hired receives another $40M in latest funding round

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(DIYA TV) — Hired, a San Francisco-based jobs marketplace company founded by Indian-American Mehul Patel, recently received a fresh $40 million investment led by Lumia Capital, taking the company’s overall funding north of $70 million since its founding in 2012.

Patel, who serves as the company’s CEO, has taken a different approach to helping Silicon Valley’s endless number of engineers and tech workers fulfill their dreams of working in the industry. VentureBeat wrote: individuals don’t apply to be hired by companies — companies apply to hire them. Employers can access a curated candidate pool, while also seeing competing bids so they have the opportunity to improve their offer before the candidate makes a final decision.

The service is free for job-hunters, and the Hired website touts all the jobs on its site offer salaries which range from $75,000 to $250,000.

Patel has taken the company international — Hired first expanded outside of the U.S. last March, opening offices in the United Kingdom, then another north of the border in Canada late last year. Hired is looking to ramp-up their efforts to grow into a global force currently, exploring the acquisitions of Melbourne-based Jobbop, and Paris-based startup named Breaz, which connects tech and sales personnel with local firms.

To complete the trifecta, Hired’s third acquisition comes in the form of California startup Zlemma, which has helped such companies as Google, Amazon and Walmart expand recruiting through its “semantic search engine,” which pairs available jobs with the correct candidates. Zlemma’s acquisition will see Hired directly implement the company’s algorithmic technology into its own, effectively doubling its reach and impact.

Hired also announced its soft-launching of new offices in Singapore.

Historically, the company has been solely focused on the hiring and promotion of technology workers, though now, Patel is pointing the company in an entirely new direction, introducing new programs for sales personnel, and even positions for freelance writers. He opined the company could be developing into “one of the most important startups” of the next decade.

“I could draw plenty of analogies between our business and other well-known marketplace companies re-imagining massive — and massively broken — industries that have not seen change in decades, but instead I’ll just say that I feel confident we’ll soon take our place among them,” he said.

“All of the pieces are in place for us to scale business exponentially and to make Hired a household name. What’s more, I hope that we become known as a company that’s doing something really important. Not just delivering your dry cleaning or walking your dog, but helping giving you the tools to make a critical life decision with ease. There’s work to do yet, but I know we’re already well on our way,” he added.

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal convicted of large scale H1B fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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